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Headword: Ἠλίθιος
Adler number: eta,223
Translated headword: foolish, idle
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] senseless, one who is hard or insensitive.[1]
"For he was both extraordinarily idle and sluggish, most like a donkey, and [a donkey] of the kind which does not obey the one who pulls on the bridle, continually shaking his ears."[2]
"He considered simplicity and truth to be foolishness."[3]
Greek Original:
Ἠλίθιος: ἄφρων, ὁ σκληρὸς ἢ ἀναίσθητος. ἠλίθιός τε γὰρ ὑπερφυῶς ἦν καὶ νωθής, ὄνῳ ἐμφερὴς μάλιστα, καὶ οἷος τῷ χαλινὸν ἕλκοντι πείθεσθαι, συχνά οἱ σειομένων τῶν ὤτων. τὸ δὲ ἁπλοῦν καὶ ἀληθὲς ἐνομίζετο αὐτῷ ἠλίθιον εἶναι.
Notes:
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica, and cf. also scholia on (e.g.) Lucian, Phalaris 1.5.
[2] Procopius, Secret History 8.3.
[3] Xenophon, Anabasis 2.6.22 (web address 1), concerning Meno; cf. mu 618.
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Keywords: biography; definition; ethics; historiography; imagery; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 11 August 2006@19:13:09.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; another keyword; cosmetics) on 13 August 2006@04:44:06.
David Whitehead (modified n.1) on 13 August 2006@07:08:43.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 13 December 2012@05:23:05.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 18 December 2012@23:26:37.

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